Serendipity

Serendipity can be defined as the occurrence of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Additionally it is an interesting phenomenon of finding valuable things not sought for.

In the world of design we should embrace the power of serendipity–sometimes it’s better to explore ideas outside your main goal so you can see bigger ideas waiting to be discovered. We should always be open to any opportunity of cross-fertilization of game-changing ideas, products, services and organizations.

We are often so staunch in our embedded processes that these become rules that should never be broken. As any designer worth their weight in talent knows that, “…there are rules of good design, but good design does not always follow the rules…”.

Always try to see the absurdities in life and how that can create new paths of thinking. Be open to chance events. Chance occurrences in life can be the antidote for your design dilemmas. We’ve forgotten how to think “wrong.”

P.S. It is July of 2018 and the state of graphic design is pretty blasé. I hope we get out of this brutalistic look soon.

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Being Wrong

So there are numerous times that I have to juggle several projects that have ever-tightening timelines. One of the most fun aspects of any project is the exploration and ideation phase where the gathering of research starts to gel into a palpable design direction.

The results of this exploration/ideation is where certain fears starts to rise—you start to question your decisions; your intelligence; your career; your reason for existing; etc… The decisions will dictate the direction for the rest of the project.

Although the fears are unfounded, they do exist. But, as a creative, these are the feelings you have to go through—the exact same feelings that keep you creative and living the life you chose. This fear of being wrong can keep you from moving forward. Just like staring at a blank sheet of paper paralyzes even the best of creatives. The thought of ruining a totally pristine sheet of paper is daunting.

Overcoming this fear for each and every project moves us forward and keeps us humble. Give the fear a new context as energy and keep the fear and use it to propel us forward. It’s okay to be wrong. It gives us direction and focus by eliminating the paths we shouldn’t pursue.

As you gain more experience, you’ll start to recognize better paths and directions, but the fear you have will be more of an ally. Always remember, to live a creative life, we must use our fear of being wrong.

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